Ever since the year 2009, the former professional cyclist-Axel Merckx has been getting hold of some of the most reputed U23 riders. Some of the riders that he has discovered and who are popular World Tour riders are: BMC’s Taylor Phinney, Giant-Shimano’s Lawson Craddock, Cannondale Garmin’s Joe Dombrowski, Nathan Brown and Ben King, Trek Factory Racing’s Jasper Stuyven and many more.
Axel Merckx is the sporting director of U23 Development Team which has been re-branded for the 2015 cycling season as the Axeon Cycling Team (Axeon is going to be pronounced similarly like ‘action’).
The U23 Development Team was launched in the year 2009 as Trek-Livestrong. Later on in the year 2012, its name was transformed to Bontrager Cycling Team due to a change in the team’s title sponsor. In the 2014 cycling season, the team competed as the Bissell Development Team. Read the rest of this entry »01.13.15
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This month of the year is surely the worst time for Gerry Ryan. He once used to be the chief of the Australian cycling board and used to manage the board pretty well before the problems stared. Lance Armstrong was running on a great run and the Australian cycle gained his fame and money but times changed and it was that time when Armstrong was caught in the case of doping the Australian cycle started to lose its fame. The problems started for the board as several players came out retiring for the fear of getting caught by the anti-doping squad. Two of the Australian racers came out admitting that they had doped in life and hence the picture of Australian cycling got worsen. As this crisis was not enough the Australian board also faced the problems of finances.
All this problems made life difficult for the president Ryan. He was finding it difficult for making sure that the board ran through good governance as the financial crisis continued for the board. This led to a financial crisis and thus the members of the board had to leave their post in order to stop all the problems. Ryan recently ended his woes by leaving the post of president of cycling of Australia. He made way for Malcom Speed to ensure the financial crisis can be overcome. Leaving out the office he stated that if it would have been a business then it would have been closed by now. It is a sport which is represented by the country and hence it has gained some funding that would help them revive from the tough situation. Not only had this he also stepped down from the CEO position of his pro-cycling team. Currently he will be helping the team find out a new CEO for the team.09.22.14
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Adam Hansen is two day short of finishing his tenth Grand Slam consecutively. He still has the presence of mind for stage 19 at the Galicia of Vuelta a Espania. Michael Mathews and John Degenkolb reached the Alto Monte Faro with the final combat between the sprinters of Vuelta.
Hansen attempted to try his fortune at Cangas de Morrazo. He continued with acceleration. His effort was appreciated and it did not go waste though the lead which he got for himself was not enough for the riders to be able to lag behind him. The chase showed disagreement. Warren Barguil in the finale showed his contribution by the setting of pace.
He however, had the advantage by the impasse which went on. With seven second remaining he doubled it. So it was not just his wit by which he triumphed. There were other factors which contributed to his success. He chased the peloton by freewheeling just by five seconds. After the offence which he made he smiled and it further widened when a reporter questioned inquisitively whether the win was a surprise or hard work. He struggled and he reached it and made it before through his hard work and it was his day. He was alone but that did not deter his confidence in any way.
The manager of Froome pointed out it is sport and anything is possible in bike race. He did not seemed much surprised by the fanfare at all. However it was not the podium which they settled for according to Brailsford. Contador however, stood on the brink of victory. The advantage which he has received is useful. The race is yet not over for many as they strive to push their limits to uneven boundaries. It is this spirit which makes the riders long for more.